Ongoing and Recent Research

The total ongoing research funds: $2.2 million cash, plus $2 million industrial in-kind match.

  • GAC for Odorant Control in Filter Bed Adsorbers. (F. S. Cannon, P. I.) Source of Support: Industry. Total Period Covered: Jan. 1, 1998-Dec. 31, 2001
  • Coal-Based Activated Carbon for Removing Perchlorate and other Anions from Water. (F. S. Cannon, P. I.) Source of Support: Dept. of Energy (Consortium for Premium Carbon Products from Coal). Total Period Covered: Jan. 1, 2001-Dec. 31, 2002
  • Enhancing Cincinnati, Ohio Reactivated GAC for Protecting against Organic Spills and Removing Disinfections By Product Precursors. (F. S. Cannon, P. I.) Source of Support: City of Cincinnati, American Water Works Assoc. Research Foundation. Total Period Covered: Mar. 15, 1999-August 30, 2001
  • Investigation of Methods for Perchlorate Destruction in Aqueous Waste Streams (F. S. Cannon, P. I.)
    Source of Support: American Water Works Association Research Foundation.
    Total Period Covered: Jan. 1, 1999-Dec. 31, 2003
  • Non-incineration Treatment to Reduce Benzene and V.O.C. Emissions from Green Sand Molding Systems
    (F. S. Cannon, and R. C. Voigt, P. I.) Source of Support: DOE (SCRA).
    Total Period Covered: Oct, 1998-Oct, 2001
  • A New, Integrated Approach to Characterizing and Removing NOM and Odorants from Drinking Waters (F. S. Cannon and P. G. Hatcher Co-P.I.'s) Source of Support: National Science Foundation. Total Period Covered: May 1, 1999-April 30, 2001
  • The Pennsylvania State University/Sloan Foundation Partnership for Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Ph. D. Candidates and Recipients (Fred S. Cannon and Cathy Lyons Co-PI's) Source of Support: The Sloan Foundation. Total Period Covered: April, 1999-Indefinite (renewal each 3-5 yr)
  • Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance in Foundry Green Sand Systems through Advanced Oxidation (F. S. Cannon, R. C. Voigt, Co-P.I.) Source of Support: DOE-NICE3. Total Period Covered: May 15, 2000-May 14, 2003
  • Fundamentals of a Novel Advanced Oxidation Process for Foundries that Improves Green Sand Performance and Diminishes Air Emissions (F. S. Cannon, R. C. Voigt, Co-P.I.) Source of Support: NSF-GOALI. Total Period Covered: May 15, 2000-May 14, 2002

Research Facilities

The Kappe Environmental Engineering Laboratories have experienced $2.0 million of improvements within the past seven years, and now occupy 11,000 square feet of laboratory space within Sackett Engineering Building. Major analytical equipment that Dr. Cannon has brought into this facility include: three Micromeritics 2000 Accelerated Surface Area and Porosimetry unit with Density Functional Theory pore analysis software, an Accelerating Rate Calorimeter (CSI- one of two labs nationally to host), several Gas Chromatograph units, two automatic titration units for monitoring surface charge, a Thermogravimetric Analyzers, A Curie-point pyrolyzer (one of two university labs nationally to host), and an advanced oxidation system (Sonoperoxone), an Ozone Analyzer, several constant temperature baths (Fisher-Scientific), a Sieve Shaker (CSC Scientific 18480), a Mixer/Mill (Spex 8000),  a thermal reactivation furnace (Applied Test Systems 3210), a nanofiltration membrane apparatus (Desal Membrane Products), a ceramic cross-flow membrane apparatus (MSC Liquid Filtration Corp), and several UV lamp advanced oxidant generation systems.

Additional facilities that Dr. Cannon has access to in the Kappe labs include: two ion chromatography units for monitoring perchlorate etc., a High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph unit, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer for metals analysis, a Liquid Scintillation Counter, a Total Organic Carbon Analyzer, COD and anion analyzer and spectrophotometer (Hach DR 2000 and COD Reactor), a Particle Counter (Coulter PCA II), a number of pH meters, balances, and UV-visible spectrophotometers, and several pilot scale wastewater treatment modules.

The Environmental Engineering Laboratories are supervised by Mr. Jerry Zimmerman, the full-time Laboratory Manager.